Top law firms vie for work experience award

Baker & McKenzie, Bircham Dyson Bell, Nabarro, Pinsent Masons, Shearman & Sterling and Simmons & Simmons will compete to win the title of Best Law Firm at the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) awards next month.

While Stephenson Harwood is up for the prize of Best Employment Experience, nominated by a careers adviser, for its work with mobility charity Whizz-Kidz.

The NWCE awards have been running for a decade and motivate and reward employers who provide genuinely helpful work experience.

As well as its nomination for Best Law Firm, Shearman & Sterling is also up for the Best Newcomer Award, for schemes set up in the last two years.

The shortlist was compiled from hundreds of entry forms which were then assessed against a system which evaluates student support, skills development and business benefits.

Nominees will be judged by last year’s overall winner Jagex, the National Association of Student Employment Services, an intern and a university placement tutor.

Winners will be announced on 19 March.

Jane Drew, trainee resources manager at Nabarro, said: “Last year we won the title of Best Law Firm, so we’re delighted to have been shortlisted in the same category for the second year running. Our scheme has been running for more than 15 years and we take around 60 students annually so being recognised in this way is hugely important to us.”

Last week, Clifford Chances awarded sixteen students places on its vacation scheme as part of its Intelligent Aid competition (1 February 2012).